Daily Archives: May 18, 2009

Inmates and Nevada prisons prepare for smoking ban

Inmates in Nevada’s prison system are preparing for life without cigarettes as they prepare for a smoking ban to take effect July 1.

FDA pick answers lawmakers on tobacco regulation

President Obama’s pick to serve as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration defended a plan to have the FDA regulate tobacco products and pledged a vigorous response to the ongoing outbreak of influenza A(H1N1) before a largely supportive Senate committee in early May. Senators from both parties said they would back FDA Commissioner-designate Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, currently a senior scientist with the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, D.C. At this article’s deadline, her nomination was expected to be approved by the committee — and subsequently the full Senate — within weeks. “I just wanted to let you know that I support you and I intend to help you,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) said to Dr. Hamburg during her May 7 nomination hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

VHAI & Tobacco Control

The VHAI organisational structure is a federation of 27 state-level voluntary health associations that are further linked to more than 4,500 member institutions across the country.

Holy Smoke!

Increasing use of tobacco is a public health concern. The Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) is one organisation which is dynamically working to make India a smoke-free zone, finds out Sonal Shukla

A smoke-free world

The Longbranch’s McCollum says she wishes “a law would get passed to ban smoking” to ease the transition. In fact, such a regulation is already on the books.

Bar owners protest in Croatia anti-smoking law

A new no-smoking sign on the door to a bar in Zagreb on May 8, 2009. Croatian bar and restaurant owners protested on Saturday a new tough law banning smoking in public places claiming it was ruining business and needs to be amended.

Protect your workers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), an arm of the Centers for Disease Control, has asked casinos to ban smoking to protect their workers.

Consumer class-action suits are on trial in California

Reporting from San Francisco — Consumer class-action lawsuits in California, which have encountered mounting skepticism from courts, face a major test in a tobacco case to be decided Monday by the state Supreme Court.

Crusading New York health chief picked to head CDC

For seven years, Dr. Thomas Frieden has been the nagging conscience of the nation’s biggest city, the man who made sure New Yorkers couldn’t smoke in bars or eat french fries cooked in artery-clogging trans fats.